Diarse ready for defensive slugfest

Neville star John Diarse opens up on this Saturday's big game and discusses where he thinks he'll end up, position-wise, when he arrives in TigerTown.

2013 commit John Diarse will make his third trip to Baton Rouge this season to take in the Tigers' marquee matchup against Alabama on Saturday.

Diarse made the trip from Monroe to see LSU battle South Carolina in a Tiger Stadium night game, but said he expects Saturday to be a "night to remember."

"Any night game in Death Valley is amazing," Diarse said. "This game is going to be a game to remember. We have a point to prove. They got a little revenge on us [in the BCS National Championship]. But it's definitely going to be a good one.

"[Alabama] is a very good football team as always. There aren't many mistakes when you have Coach Saban on your back everyday. They're a great football team, just like last year. They lost a couple guys, but they're still a great football team."

Diarse said he expects another defensive slugfest in the third installment of the "Game of the Century," and predicted the Tigers will come out on top, 13-10.

"There aren't going to be many points scored," he said. "Both teams have great defenses. It's going to come down to special teams."

Diarse said it's still likely that he'll play wide receiver once he enrolls early in January, but he said he still keeps an eye on the secondary in case the coaches decide to switch him to defense.

"It's pretty firm, but that could change once I get there," Diarse said. "I'm preparing for both sides just in case something changes. But it's still pretty firm that I'll play wide receiver."

Also firm is his commitment to LSU. Diarse said he still receives the occasional letter from other schools, but at this late stage in his recruitment, he's all LSU.

Diarse will have some Neville Tigers company in Baton Rouge this weekend, as he said his teammate, five-star junior safety Laurence Jones, will also make the trip. But Diarse said he's letting Jones make his own decision.

"I'm not trying to persuade him," Diarse said. "I'm just trying to guide him along the recruiting process. Everybody has their own mind, and do certain things for their own reasons. I'm going to let him make his call on it."

Neville, the top ranked team in 4A, has an off-date this week and will await its opponent in the first round of the playoffs.

"This week is going back to the basics and fundamentals, what got us where we are now," Diarse said. "Everything will be tuned up and ready to go for the playoffs."

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